Bengals’ Mixon: Pay cut was a ‘sacrifice’ for Super Bowl hopes

Bengals' Mixon: Pay cut was a 'sacrifice' for Super Bowl hopes

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon says Super Bowl aspirations are what led to him taking a pay cut this offseason.

“I see the bigger picture. I see the task at hand and what we’re trying to build, and in order to keep other players here and pieces here, sometimes you have to sacrifice,” Mixon said, according to team reporter Geoff Hobson. “I felt like this year was the year to sacrifice on the Super Bowl team we can potentially be.”

Mixon’s standing with the Bengals was frequently called into question during the offseason before he restructured his contract in July. Mixon’s base salary reportedly dropped under $6 million, though his deal also includes incentives that can bring it back to $8 million.

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